CNN projects: Romney 1st in New Hampshire primary, Paul second
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets voters outside a polling station in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Tuesday.
January 10th, 2012
08:01 PM ET

CNN projects: Romney 1st in New Hampshire primary, Paul second

[Updated at 8:23 p.m. ET] CNN projects that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win the 2012 New Hampshire Republican primary, and that U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas will finish second, based on exit polls and early returns.

CNN also projects that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will finish third.

All New Hampshire polls were closed as of 8 p.m. ET.

While Romney's victory was expected, based on polling in recent weeks, the battle for second place loomed as the most hotly contested result, with implications for the next primary in South Carolina on January 21.

Huntsman told CNN that he would stay in the race if he finishes third or higher, indicating he would contest the South Carolina primary.

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Paterno's son leaves Penn State amid scandal
Jay Paterno was Penn State's quarterbacks coach for 12 years and was on staff for 17.
January 10th, 2012
06:33 PM ET

Paterno's son leaves Penn State amid scandal

Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno has resigned from the university's embattled football program, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Jay Paterno's resignation comes two months after his father, legendary head coach Joe Paterno, was fired over the sexual abuse scandal that erupted in November. Penn State named New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to replace the elder Paterno last week.

Penn State has been rocked by accusations that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused young boys over a 14-year period - and that school officials failed to take complaints about Sandusky to police. Joe Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier were sacked after a grand jury report on the case in November.

Jay Paterno, who was a reserve quarterback at Penn State in the late 1980s, was Penn State's quarterbacks coach for 12 years and was on staff for 17, according to Penn State's athletics website.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Hong Kong's cage homes sadden some readers
Photographer Brian Cassey captured photos in 2009 showing the lifestyle of those living in Hong Kong's cage homes.
January 10th, 2012
06:28 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Hong Kong's cage homes sadden some readers

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

"That's the amazing thing about suffering. The 99% and Tea Party in the U.S. with their technological excess and luxuruiously wasteful American way of life are protesting their economic hardships in the street, while these people are living in cages and working through it."
–mark 

In Hong Kong, some people live in housing that is basically a cage. This situation has garnered a huge outpouring of response from the global community, and the CNN Photos blog's gallery about the cages really touched a lot of readers. Some were saddened by the 2009 photos, while others wrote in to share their observations about such kinds of housing.

Hong Kong's poor living in cages

People wrote in to talk not just about how the photos affected them but to about how their situations stack up.

George Colacicco: "This morning I woke up in my three bedroom, two bath home with 1624 square feet on a 5500 square foot lot on the ground floor, and found people living in cages half a world away. I am praying to God for the life he has given me."

Many readers found parallels in the struggling economy of the United States. FULL POST

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7.3 magnitude quake hits off Indonesia's Sumatra island
January 10th, 2012
02:13 PM ET

7.3 magnitude quake hits off Indonesia's Sumatra island

[Updated at 4:27 p.m. Tuesday ET] A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of western Indonesia's Sumatra island early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but witnesses reported only minor shaking on land.

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The quake, which happened at 12:37 a.m. local time (1:37 p.m. Tuesday ET) at a depth of 18.1 miles, was centered in the Indian Ocean about 262 miles southwest of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, and 590 miles west of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the USGS said.

Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami warning for the area, but the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a massive wave like the one that devastated the region in 2004.

There were no immediate reports of damage, and hotel clerks contacted by CNN reported only mild shaking. One front desk clerk in Aceh said a few hotel guests went outside when the quake hit, but most weren't awakened.

In December 2004, Indonesia and a number of other countries were hard hit by a tsunami generated by a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off northern Sumatra. The tsunami and earthquake killed more than 280,000 people in 14 countries - mainly India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The Indonesian region of Banda Aceh was hard-hit: About 150,000 died there.

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January 10th, 2012
12:33 PM ET

Al-Assad blames 'external conspiracies' for Syrian violence

In a rare and defiant speech Tuesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad blamed the unabated violence in his country on "external conspiracies," criticized the Arab League as toothless and said that the international call for reform wasn't taking into account what the country was really facing: terrorism.

While he did not explicitly point the finger at a particular country, al-Assad blamed the unrest on both Western and Arab elements as world pressure mounted on his embattled government for its 10-month-long crackdown against protesters.

"The mask has fallen off these faces," he said. "No wise person denies these international conspiracies that (are) being done in order to spread fear inside. But this time, it was done with people from inside."

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January 10th, 2012
12:29 PM ET

Pittsburgh's mayor 'Tebows' in defeat

Pittsburgh's mayor knelt down in defeat on Tuesday, donning a Denver Broncos No. 15 jersey and "Tebowing" in front of the Steel City's skyline to pay off a bet he made with the mayor of Denver over the Steelers-Broncos playoff game.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's Steelers lost as Denver quarterback Tim Tebow (No. 15) threw an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime for a 29-23 victory Sunday.

Tebow's gesture of kneeling in prayer after great plays has become a national phenomenon, but for Ravenstahl it wasn't a craze he wanted a part of.

"This is not something I ever thought I'd have to do, and it certainly wasn't something I was looking forward to," Ravenstahl said. "However, we're good sports here in Pittsburgh, and I want to congratulate Denver on a great win."

If Denver had lost, Mayor Michael Hancock had pledged to wear a Steelers jersey and wave a "terrible towel," SBNation Pittsburgh reported.

Tebow posts biblical passing number

Odds are Tebow will have us talking

January 10th, 2012
11:53 AM ET

Task force recommends $50,000 payment to N.C. sterilization victims

A task force has recommended that a one-time payment of $50,000 be given to each of the living victims of North Carolina's forced sterilization program, committee spokeswoman Jill Lucas told CNN.

North Carolina's eugenics program sterilized an estimated 7,600 people between 1929 and 1974, many of them against their will.

The Eugenics Compensation Task Force will make its recommendation to Gov. Bev Purdue who will include the recommendation in the budget she submits to the state legislature which will take this up in the spring, Lucas said.

The five-member task force – including a doctor, lawyer, historian, retired judge and retired journalist – met for 10 months and faced a February 1 deadline to send a recommendations to the governor.

A preliminary report released in August suggested the state provide victims with mental health services and a tax-exempt payment of $20,000 to $50,000. The report also recommended funding for the continuation and expansion of the North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation, which operates the task force, as well as funding for a traveling exhibition to educate the public about the state’s defunct eugenics program.

There are few public details about who – if any – were targeted for sterilization and how they were coerced into it.

Nationally, many eugenics programs focused on criminals and mentally ill people, but in North Carolina, it extended to healthy women and children who were often poor and uneducated. Mothers were pushed or tricked into signing release forms for their young daughters to undergo the sterilization operation under threat of losing state-provided aid or custody.

Their stories and circumstances have only begun to emerge recently, sometimes in emotional public hearings, sometimes in phone calls to the victims foundation.

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Coast Guard breaks ice for tanker
January 10th, 2012
11:22 AM ET

Icebreaker, fuel tanker close in on icebound Alaskan town

A Coast Guard icebreaker and a tanker carrying 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products could arrive in icebound Nome, Alaska, as early as Thursday, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

The Sitnasuak Native Corp. of Nome contracted the double-hulled, Russian-flagged tanker Renda to deliver the fuel products to the community of 3,600 on Alaska's west coast after a ferocious November storm prevented the last delivery of the season via barge and ice formed over the Bering Sea.

The U.S. Coast Guard's only operating Arctic icebreaker, the cutter Healy, is escorting the fuel tanker through the ice-covered waters in the first-ever attempt to supply fuel to an Arctic Alaska settlement through sea ice.

The two-ship convoy was 97 miles from Nome early Tuesday, Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis, a Coast Guard spokeswoman, told CNN.

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January 10th, 2012
11:20 AM ET

Al-Assad blames 'external conspiracies' for Syrian violence

In a rare and defiant speech Tuesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad blamed the unabated violence in his country on "external conspiracies," criticized the Arab League as toothless and said that the international call for reform wasn't taking into account what the country was really facing: terrorism.

While he did not explicitly point the finger at a particular country, al-Assad blamed the unrest on both Western and Arab elements as world pressure mounted on his embattled government for its 10-month-long crackdown against protesters.

"The mask has fallen off these faces," he said. "No wise person denies these international conspiracies that (are) being done in order to spread fear inside. But this time, it was done with people from inside."

Thousands have been reported killed by security forces throughout the uprising. Death estimates range from more than 5,000 to more than 6,000. The Syrian government has consistently blamed the violence on "terrorists" and al-Assad denied that he commanded forces to open fire on protesters.

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January 10th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

Libya granted more time on Gadhafi question

Libyan authorities were granted more time Tuesday by the International Criminal Court to say whether they plan to hand over the deposed leader's son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi.

The ICC decision came as a deadline loomed for Libya's government to respond on the issue.

The late Moammar Gadhafi's son, once seen as his heir apparent, was captured in November after the fall of his father's regime in August. He is being held in the Libyan city of Zintan.

He was facing an arrest warrant from the ICC at the time of his capture, and the court is still seeking to prosecute him.

The ICC asked Libya last month whether Gadhafi was arrested because of the international warrant, if he was being held incommunicado, and if an ICC representative could meet him.

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January 10th, 2012
10:07 AM ET

South Africa: One dead in stampede for university places

A stampede on a university campus in Johannesburg Tuesday left one woman dead and several people injured, according to eyewitness reports.

The victim was the mother of one of many prospective students who had gathered in the early hours to enroll in the University of Johannesburg, according to the African National Congress Youth League, the youth wing of the governing ANC party.

Local media reported that 17 people were also injured.

Thousands of young people and their relatives had gathered outside the campus gates hoping to secure some of the last remaining university places or admission slots for students. Some chose to sleep outside overnight, desperate to sign up.

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Lawyer: Alleged FAMU hazing victim's family to sue; friends say victim was gay
Florida A&M University student and drum major Robert Champion, 26, died November 19.
January 10th, 2012
09:23 AM ET

Lawyer: Alleged FAMU hazing victim's family to sue; friends say victim was gay

[Updated at 9:23 a.m. ET] Friends of Robert Champion, a Florida A&M University drum major who died in November after allegedly being beaten as part of a band hazing ritual, have told his family's attorney that Champion was gay, attorney Chris Chestnut said Tuesday. Relatives said they believe sexual orientation may have been one of many factors that could have contributed to Champion being treated more severely than other band members may have been, Chestnut said.

[Posted at 9:21 a.m. ET] The family of Robert Champion, who died in November after he allegedly was beaten on a bus as part of a Florida A&M University band hazing ritual, will be suing Fabulous Coach Lines, based in Branford, Florida, attorney Chris Chestnut said Tuesday.

The bus may have been running at the time Champion was beaten, attorney Chris Chestnut said, and the bus driver might not have been aboard. The family is suing Fabulous Coach Lines, based in Branford, Florida, he said.

Champion, 26, collapsed in Orlando on a bus carrying members of FAMU's Marching 100 band after a November football game that included a halftime performance by the group. Chestnut has charged that Champion died after receiving "some dramatic blows, perhaps (having an) elevated heart rate" tied to "a hazing ritual" that took place on the bus.

The family members scheduled a news conference Tuesday morning to share more information about a marching band hazing incident that they say led to his death.

The medical examiner's office ruled his death a homicide and said Champion "collapsed and died within an hour of a hazing incident during which he suffered multiple blunt trauma blows to his body."

The death prompted the FAMU  board of trustees to approve a new three-part anti-hazing plan.

The new policy, approved last week, was passed in a 9-1 vote by the board as the school continues to deal with the controversial death.

An autopsy found "extensive contusions of his chest, arms, shoulder and back," as well as "evidence of crushing of areas of subcutaneous fat," which is the fatty tissue directly under a person's skin.

Along with the university, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Orange County Sheriff's Office are also investigating the case.

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January 10th, 2012
07:41 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

Today is the New Hampshire presidential primaries, and CNN.com Live will be there for all the results and reactions from the Granite State.

Today's programming highlights...

10:30 am ET - Gingrich goes to the polls - GOP candidate Newt Gingrich visits a polling station in Bedford, New Hampshire.  Other candidates are expected to do the same statewide.

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January 10th, 2012
06:27 AM ET

Van der Sloot back in Peruvian court to face murder charge

(CNN) - Joran van der Sloot returns to a Peruvian courtroom on Wednesday, five days after requesting more time to "reflect" on what plea he will make in his murder trial.

The 24-year-old Dutch national indicated on Friday that he was willing to make a "confession" in the 2010 killing of Stephany Flores, but that he did "not agree with the aggravating factors" as defined in the murder charge levied against him.

Given this statement, the panel of three judges decided to give van der Sloot until Wednesday to make a final decision. There is no jury.

This was the latest twist in a case that has made international headlines, in part because of the circumstances of the killing but also because van der Sloot was arrested twice, but never charged, in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway.

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January 10th, 2012
06:01 AM ET

Libya faces deadline on Gadhafi question

(CNN) - Libyan authorities have until 5 p.m. (10 a.m. ET) Tuesday to tell the International Criminal Court whether it plans to hand over the deposed leader's son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, ICC official Fadi Al Abdull said.

If they do not reply, they face referral to the United Nations Security Council, he added.

The late Moammar Gadhafi's son, once seen as his heir apparent, was captured in November after the fall of his father's regime in August. He is being held in the Libyan city of Zintan.

He was facing an arrest warrant from the ICC at the time of his capture, and the court is still seeking to prosecute him.

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January 10th, 2012
05:46 AM ET

Al-Assad blames 'external conspiracy' for Syria violence

In a rare and defiant speech Tuesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad blamed the unabated violence in his country on an "external conspiracy," criticized the Arab League as toothless and said that the international call for reform wasn't taking into account what the country was really facing: terrorism.

While he did not explicitly point the finger at a particular country, a defiant al-Assad blamed both Western and Arab elements for the unrest.

"The mask has fallen off these faces," he said. "No wise person denies these international conspiracies that is being done in order to spread fear inside. But this time, it was done with people from inside."

He also denied that his forces had opened fire on protesters.

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January 10th, 2012
04:53 AM ET

Nigeria braces for 2nd day of nationwide protests

A nationwide strike in Nigeria enters its second day Tuesday as citizens take to the streets to show anger about the government's decision that has more than doubled fuel prices in the largely impoverished country.

Some of the protests, over the end of fuel subsidies, Monday, were marred with clashes with police that left some wounded and a handful dead, protesters said.
The strike, continued religious violence in the north and a long-simmering separatist movement are all issues that have created a growing problem for Goodluck Jonathan, the country's president

Jonathan tried to explain the need for the end of subsidies in a recent address, urging Nigerians that  the government will invest the money in the country's crumbling infrastructure.

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January 10th, 2012
04:42 AM ET

Smog cancels and delays flights in Beijing

Thousands of passengers were stranded Tuesday morning after dozens of early morning flights were either canceled or delayed due to a thick, dark cloud of smog that rolled through the Chinese capital.

The haze prompted 34 flight cancellations and delayed 98 others after visibility dropped to less than 200 meters in the airspace surrounding Beijing, state media reported.
Air carriers resumed normal flight schedules as of 10 a.m. (local), according to Xinhua. But the city's air quality continued to be listed as "fair."  

The U.S. Embassy, which reports pollution levels on its Twitter feed, said the accumulation of air particles was "beyond index" for most of the morning, which means the pollution exceeded the scale used to measure it.

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January 10th, 2012
03:39 AM ET

American has 20 days to appeal Iranian death sentence

Amir Mirzaie Hekmati, an American sentenced to death in Iran for espionage, has 20 days to appeal his case, according to Iranian law.

"If the sentence is appealed, then the Court of Appeals will hear the case. If not, then the sentence is final," judiciary spokesman Mohseni Ejeie, said Monday, according to the semi-official Iranian Student News Agency. The statement was the first by a judiciary official, regarding the trail and the sentence.

The semi-official Fars news agency reported earlier Monday that a court had convicted Hekmati of "working for an enemy country," as well as membership in the CIA and "efforts to accuse Iran of involvement in terrorism."

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January 10th, 2012
03:35 AM ET

Ortega to begin third term as Nicaragua president

Daniel Ortega is set to mark his third term as Nicaragua's president during an inauguration ceremony on Tuesday - an event both buoyed by his pledges of moderation and marred by months of discord over voter irregularities.

Since the country's November elections, Ortega, 66, has reached for the political middle, making overtures to the business class with promises of encouraging foreign investment.

But his critics say they fear the former leftist revolutionary is looking to solidify Sandinista party control over state institutions and have pointed to reports of ballot fraud and voter intimidation.

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